Third Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament
September 18, 2021
Something for everyone! We have three separate divisions. King and Spanish Mackerel and Surf Division! We also are offering a prize to a Junior Angler (15 and under) to fish for prizes (no entry fee, but they do need to be registered).
Fishing and our local waterways are the number one reason people visit Emerald Isle. We wish to encourage our local students (one from each local area high school) who wish to study the Marine Sciences to come back home after school and help the community in furthering our education on the oceans, sounds and the incredible variety of wildlife inhabiting our area. Historically, the Town has contributed general tax revenues for navigational dredging of Emerald Isle. The allocation of fishing tournament proceeds for future dredging will enable the Town to reduce the reliance on Town tax revenues for this work, and will also promote more cost-effective dredging practices in the future.
Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament raises $29,110
September 17, 2020
EMERALD ISLE, N.C.- The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament held a live virtual auction on Wednesday September 16, 2020. To say it was a success is an understatement. The auction, led by tournament Chairman Mark Taylor, raised a total of $29,110 for local scholarships and waterway dredging efforts.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament Committee had to be creative for the 2020 tournament. Social portions of the tournament have been adjusted, in an effort to comply with North Carolina safety guidelines. The well-attended (and sought after) Captain’s Party was unfortunately eliminated for 2020. The onsite auction was also adapted.
“Last year, we held an in-person auction during the Captain’s Party and raised a substantial amount of money,” said Mark Taylor, Committee Chairman. “This year, we went virtual and saw the power of an online audience. The increased reach helped local donors raise nearly $30,000. We are so amazed and grateful, words cannot express it!”
An array of products and local services were donated. These items were then auctioned off during a 4-hour live event, broadcast via Facebook Live. In addition to being a commercial airline pilot and Town of Emerald Isle Commissioner, Mr. Taylor is a licensed auctioneer. His skills were put to good use during the auction, helping to fund the annual scholarship program for the 2021 academic year.
“The Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament provided two scholarships in 2020. One to a graduating senior at Croatan and one to Swansboro High School. For 2021, we intend to provide two more scholarships to area students that pursue higher education or training that relates to the marine or maritime industry,” said Taylor. “We could not reinvest these dollars into our young people without the selfless donations of our local sponsors and the countless hours provided by our volunteers.”
To learn more about the Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament and the associated scholarship program, visit www.emeraldislefishingtournament.com or follow them on Facebook.
Hampton Inn by Hilton Morehead City is proud to support the 2020 Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament.
To secure reservations, please call 252-240-2300; option 0, and reference the Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament.
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